(Macbook Air 2019 Review and Specification)
MacBook Air 2019:
On October 30, in New York, the first novelty of Apple’s presentation was the MacBook Air (2018). The 13.3-inch laptop is a completely different laptop and is not technically connected to the 2012-2015 platform.
MacBook Air 2019 review:
MacBook Air 2019 price and release date in worldwide:
The basic version of the MacBook Air 2018 with an i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD will cost 104,990 rubles in worldwide, and a doubled drive will cost 120,990 rubles.
The start of sales in the United States is scheduled for November 7, and worldwide the models are not yet available for pre-order, but in November, MacBook Air will fall into our retail.
MacBook Air 2019 Specifications:
|13.3 inches, resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels, brightness 500 nits, TrueTone, IPS|
|8th Generation Intel Core-i5, two cores, up to 1.6 (3.6) GHz|
|Intel UHD Graphics 617|
|RAM 8 GB DDR3, 2133 MHz (16 GB optional in some regions), ROM – 128/256 GB SSD (upgrade to 512 GB or 1.5 TB in some regions)|
|The main – 12 megapixel f / 1.8 with the ability to record video in 4K / 60fps, the front – 7 megapixels, f / 2.2|
|Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, two Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB-C), Touch ID|
|weight 304.1 x 212.4 x 15.6 mm, 1.25 kg|
Screen: Macbook Air 2019 Review
The previous-generation MacBook Air has often been blamed for the archaic matrix in recent years. In the new generation, which received a 13.3-inch screen, this drawback is completely corrected.
In a Retina display with minimal bezels, 48% increased color gamut. Now the resolution is 2560 x 1600 pixels.
Housing: Macbook Air 2019 Review
According to Apple, the aluminum case of the device has become 10% thinner and 17% more compact than the previous Air. There will be no 11.6-inch model in this generation. The thickness of the new laptop is only 15.6 millimeters, weight – 1.2 kilograms.
The keyboard is now made using third-generation Butterfly technology. The glass trackpad has increased in size by 20%. By the way, MacBook Air was the first among Cupertino laptops to receive a Touch ID scanner, which is protected by sapphire crystal.
The laptop will be offered in three colors – gray, silver, and gold.
CPU, memory, communications:
Contrary to rumors, the heart of the new Air was the eighth-generation Intel Core-i5 processor with 8 or 16 GB of RAM, operating at a frequency of 2133 MHz.
Apple does not name the model of the chipset, but according to indirect data, it is an option of Amber Lake-Y, which is slightly faster than the Core i5-8200U.
The first modifications of the MacBook Air will be equipped with 128/256 GB SSDs. Later versions with an expanded drive of up to 1.5 TB will be available.
All this allowed the manufacturer to declare at the presentation that the new product was 60% faster than its predecessor.
The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 617 system is responsible for processing graphics in Air (2018). Apple will offer to connect external GPUs using the Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) connector, which are two in the laptop, who will not have enough performance.
Contrary to the fashion trend, the laptop did not deprive the 3.5 mm audio jack.
Apple, as usual, does not disclose the battery capacity. But according to the presentation, the updated MacBook Air is able to work 12 hours in web surfing or 13 hours to play video on a single charge.
What could be a MacBook Air 2019:
According to rumors, the MacBook Air 2018 may come out very soon. We expected that with the iPhone XS, Apple would demonstrate a new generation of laptops, but this did not happen.
But it is likely that in October, the Cupertians will hold an event with the presentation of new Macs.”KP” has collected all the rumors about it. Specifications far, we can reliably say that, most likely, the device will receive an updated 13-inch Retina-display.
To date, every MacBook other than Air uses a Retina display with at least 226 pixels per inch (PPI). Meanwhile, the MacBook Air remains with only 128 PPI.
The MacBook Air 2018 will benefit from the implementation of the MoltenVK Vulkan API recently introduced for the Apple Metal 2 graphics environment. If this happens, we can expect an increase in frame rate and convenience for gamers playing games available for macOS, including, for example, Dota 2.
At the same time, the new laptop, apparently, will be based on the eighth generation of Intel Core processors with Kaby Lake Refresh architecture, which was released not so long ago – in the second half of 2017. The latest MacBook Air update came with the switch to fifth-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors released in 2015.
So, we should expect a big increase in productivity. However, there are other rumors that the MacBook Air will appear with a more budget ARM processor onboard. If so, then we could see a faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient laptop. Most likely.
The case of the MacBook Air:
Apple will not be able to maintain an excellent level of battery life in the MacBook Air if it updates a number of components. But, just to make the laptop much better, fully charged the laptop for an hour would be a great idea. Therefore, you can expect the appearance of fast charging on a new device.
It will also be one of the first Apple laptops in a long time to have a traditional keyboard. This is probably inevitable – there is enough space inside the case, and fans will be happy to see something familiar.
In addition, using existing hardware can reduce the cost of upgrading your MacBook Air before the price tag gets out of hand, which is common for Apple. In addition, Apple may reduce the thickness of the budget device.
The thickness of the current MacBook Air today does not exceed 1.7 centimeters, but the company has its own capabilities to make the case a little thinner.Sources say that to reduce the thickness of the MacBook Air, engineers will replace the USB-A ports with USB Type-C. An ultra-thin laptop can also be equipped with a new processor, which will require a more modest cooling system.
Apple uses Intel products in its computers, which at the IFA 2018 show showed the Amber Lake and Whiskey Lake mobile chipsets. In the case of the MacBook Air, the core of the technical part may be Whiskey Lake, related to the Core U line. For the MacBook, the best processes include the energy-efficient Core Y.
release date: Macbook Air 2019 Review
Over the past few years, the MacBook Air has received updates on an annual basis since its initial release in 2008.
And, basically, these were different months of the year. However, June has always been the most likely month to see the release of the new MacBook Air.
Over the past months, experts have speculated that Apple plans to release five different MacBooks this year – apparently, the MacBook Pro 15 and 13-inch were two of them.
We also think that the Macbook Air 2018 will be another one of them. Data from Taiwan’s DigiTimes, well-known for its links to sources in the supply chain, indicates that the affordable MacBook will appear in October-November 2018.
Of course, until we see the actual announcement from Apple, we can’t say for sure about the price of the MacBook Air 2018. So far, the cost of devices is growing – the latest update to the MacBook Air starts at a price of $ 999 (about 67 thousand rubles).
But in light of recent rumors, we expect that the cost of a new affordable model of the company will decrease due to the use of a cheaper ARM processor.